AMC has ordered the martial arts drama “Badlands” straight to series. Six one-hour episodes will be produced for a late 2015/early 2016 airing.
The series is just the latest adaptation of the classic Chinese tale “Journey To The West,” a work that inspired films like “The Forbidden Kingdom,” series like “Monkey” and even video games like “Enslaved: Odyssey to the West”.
Set in a land controlled by feudal barons, the story follows a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.
Al Gough and Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “Smallville”) will executive produce the project which marks only the third time AMC has ordered a show straight to series – the other two being “The Walking Dead” and the upcoming “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul”.
Also onboard as executive producers are Stacy Sher, Michael Shamberg, Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung with the latter two providing martial arts fight choreography for the show.